Energy Resources
Examining the Facts
by Jerry A. McBeath
August 2022, 261pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6941-9
$70, £54, 61€, A96
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Many energy experts believe that wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources will account for the majority of America’s energy consumption within the next 25 years.

Energy Resources: Examining the Facts provides an authoritative, comprehensive overview of economic, political, and environmental drivers of America's energy picture, from trends in the production and consumption of fossil fuels and renewables to the state of the national energy grid.

Energy Resources: Examining the Facts is part of a series that uses evidence-based documentation to examine the veracity of claims and beliefs about high-profile issues in American culture and politics. Each book in the Contemporary Debates series is intended to puncture rather than perpetuate myths that diminish our understanding of important policies and positions; to provide needed context for misleading statements and claims; and to confirm the factual accuracy of other assertions.

This installment in the series provides a comprehensive overview of all energy resources used in the United States, including fossil fuels (oil, gas, coal), nuclear power, hydropower, other major renewables (solar and wind), and even smaller energy sources, such as wood products (biomass), ethanol, plant-based fluids/gases, and geothermal, that have meaningful potential for future growth. The framework of laws and regulations in which energy resources are developed, produced, and overseen is described, as are the ways in which economic development powered by different energy resources is impacting people and ecosystems in the United States and around the world.


  • Extensively covers both energy resources and the electricity grid
  • Illuminates the economic, environmental, legal, and regulatory foundations of energy policymaking since World War II
  • Presents information in an easy-to-navigate Q&A format
  • Uses quantifiable data from respected sources as the foundation for examining every issue
  • Provides readers with leads to conduct further research in Further Reading sections for each entry
  • Examines claims made by individuals and groups of all political backgrounds and ideologies
Jerry A. McBeath, PhD, is professor of political science emeritus, University of Alaska Fairbanks, as well as foreign expert at the Center for International Relations, China University of International Business and Economics [UIBE], and at the Environmental Education Institute, Beijing Normal Univesity [BNU]). He is author of Big Oil in the United States: Industry Influence on Institutions, Policy, and Politics (2016) and was lead author of The Political Economy of Oil in Alaska: Multinationals vs. the State (2008). He has also written on U.S. national elections, federalism, federal/state/local government and politics, political economy, environmental politics, and natural resources policy.

Contemporary Debates

Each title in the Contemporary Debates series examines the veracity of controversial claims or beliefs surrounding a major political/cultural issue in the United States. The purpose of the series is to give readers a clear and unbiased understanding of current issues by informing them about falsehoods, half-truths, and misconceptions—and confirming the factual validity of other assertions—that have gained traction in America's political and cultural discourse. Ultimately, this series gives readers the tools for a fuller understanding of controversial issues, policies, and laws that occupy center stage in American life and politics.
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